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Monday, December 6, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Brent Harris, left, and Joy Dougherty combine for a solo during cantata held last night at Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton. The cantata was comprised of choir members from 21 churches.

They made a joyful noise unto the Lord last night in Zion United Church of Christ, Lehighton.

Singers from choirs of 21 churches combined for a cantata, with the program filling nearly the capacity the massive auditorium of Zion UCC.

Entitled "On This Very Night," the cantata had selections by the ecumenical choir, by soloists, and, of course, audience participation.

The narration was by Doc Holiday and Kathy Long.

Accompanying the vocalists was the 21-piece Zion Festival Orchestra.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Eminem's Grammy wins are in the double digits, but despite a career that has been as commercially successful as it has been critically acclaimed, he's never won a trophy for album of the year on music's biggest night.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

JTAMS Productions Presents Tony Kenny and an extravaganza of Irish talent at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

Capture the magic of Christmas Time in Ireland with internationally acclaimed performer Tony Kenny and his all-star cast as they perform a holiday celebration of music, song, dance and comedy.

Tony Kenny needs no introduction to American audiences. He is the star of "Jury's Irish Cabaret" in Dublin, Ireland's longest running Irish music show.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

JTAMS Productions presents Eddie Bruce to the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe on Saturday, November 13 at 8 p.m.

Bruce will recreate a performance of Bennett's personal songbook in a cabaret show called Bruce on Bennett: A Loving Tribute. According to the ress release, Tony Bennett has himself vouched for Bruce's remarkable talent.

Bruce draws on his talents as a seasoned television personality and experienced radio talk-show host, to assemble a glorious package of entertainment when he delivers his spot-on tribute to the great Tony Bennett.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
The John Lennon Project

JTAMS Productions presents The John Lennon Song Project Live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Friday, November 5 at 8:30 p.m.

One of the most unique and compelling interpretations of the late John Lennon's music comes from The John Lennon Song Project, a 7-piece ensemble created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare.

Together, they have produced "Imagined: The John Lennon Song Project," a thoughtfully re-imagined tribute that celebrates the genius and artistry of Lennon.

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Angel Band

On Saturday, November 6 at 8:30 p.m. the Mauch Chunk Opera House located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe will host the stage from which Angel Band soars.

Boisterous, sad, sweet, goofy, glorious and angelic. Any which way you look at it this stuff gets your attention. Whether it's the crazy tight three part harmony, the killer backup playing, the stories, the passion, it gets your attention.

The songs are mostly self-penned, weaving vivid images, powerful lyrics, musical integrity and "chops" to write home about.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Billy Cobham will be performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe at 8:30 p.m. Friday

The iconic drummer Billy Cobham and his band perform at an exclusive show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Friday, October 8.

The Opera House will be one of only two East Coast venues the band will visit in 2010.

Cobham's notoriety rose in 1971 performing with the Miles Davis on A Tribute to Jack Johnson. John McGluahglin recruited him for the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the jazz-fusion supergroup.

After Mahavishnu, Cobham released the seminal fusion albums Spectrum and Crosswinds along with many others.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. – Just like the opening lyrics of the Molly Hatchet hit "Flirtin' With Disaster," 59-year-old Dave Hlubek was "traveling down the road" with his "pedal to the floor."

But Hlubek, who founded the Southern rock band and played guitar under the strobe lights of concert venues, had to face flashing lights instead Thursday. The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office charged the aging rocker, who lives in Port St. Lucie, with driving under the influence. Hlubek and his bandmates formed the group in 1975 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Friday, September 24, 2010

When Cuban Ballet-trained dancers Victor Alexander and Maray Gutierrez defected their native Cuba fifteen years ago, their biggest concern was to assimilate happily and productively as Americans.

Now, performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 25 as members of the Chicago contemporary dance company, Concert Dance, Inc. they are especially inspired to present a series of dance compositions based on their experiences in Cuba and from the group's recent travels in China, the Czech Republic and Scotland.

Thursday, September 16, 2010
Enter the Haggis

JTAMS Productions presents Enter the Haggis live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m.

The band will be collecting non-perishable goods at the show, which will be donated to local charity organization as part of what the band is calling the ETH Community Initiative.

Over the past three albums and five years, Toronto's Celtic rock band Enter The Haggis has found itself at the center of a grassroots success story ever teetering on the brink of mainstream success.